[spiritual practitioner] is undisturbed by dualities
And so the sutras tell us that first, our poses are to be steady and comfortable and performed with kindheartedness, rather than exertion. The way we do our poses or asanas in Yoga is also a metaphor for how we perform the various roles we play in relationships, family, work, community and all life experiences.
Secondly, Patanjali notes that the poses (roles) are to be done effortlessly with focus on the spiritual or infinite being. This sutra reminds us to gently extend into our yoga poses while focusing on the Divine within rather than struggling to achieve any external goal. We are to remain centered with Grace and ease, as we consciously connect with the Divine energy within and throughout the universe.
And thirdly, when we are able to master our poses (and roles), we will be able to transcend the polarities such as good and evil, strength and weakness, right and wrong, or success and failure. In this state of perfect being, we are beyond the pulls of judgment and remain objective, allowing and welcoming all that comes to us. There are no good days and bad days; there are just days in which we remain witness to whatever life brings. We will achieve the state of ultimate neutrality as we observe life unfolding. That is the benefit of mastering our poses and roles in life. It’s certainly something to live into as best we can.
In our next newsletter, we will discuss the challenges we all fall prey to and ways to overcome suffering. We will share Patanjali’s sutras that address five problems all humans face